The Social Experience
I attended the performance with my friend Will, but when we got there I ran into my other friend Kahra who I was really excited to see. We had no idea that we were both going to the same play on the same night, so naturally we took a selfie to commemorate the coincidence! But before I went to the play I got ready by finishing my homework early and changing into nice jeans and a shirt. Then I left for the play with Will. Attending the play with Will and Kahra made the experience all the more enjoyable. We understood the same story and felt the same emotions which was a great bonding experience for us three. We all also stayed for the after-talk with the actors and relished in the opportunity to get to know them. After we discussed how inspiring it was to see how committed these actors and actresses were to their role in the play, as one even talked about how she didn't do her thesis and instead did extensive research on the story of Sarah Bernhardt. Shared experiences are important in achieving the good life because they connect you with your friends and even the other people around you, as you now have a common thread that pulls you closer to these people.
My friend Kahra and I before going into the theatre.
Written consent from Kahra Williams to use the above photo that she's in.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
Before attending the performance I had very little knowledge of the material, or about life in the 20th century in general. Walking through the doors under the sign that read "Constans Theatre," I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But the performance helped me look at censorship in art differently, and the role of the church in society. It made me think about how hard life must've been for those oppressed by religion, and how the strict moral codes of the church left little room for the cultural experience of the performing arts. The central issue presented in the performance was that the Archbishop of Quebec wanted to ban Sarah Bernhardt, a rising star in the world of performing arts, from performing in their city. The sympathy I felt for the seminaries, and the awe inspiring personality of Sarah Bernhardt made me want her to be able to perform against the wishes of the Archbishop. Unfortunately, I have never had a knack for being onstage, or any kind of art for that matter, so I could not relate to that aspect of the storyline, but I have been awestruck by certain celebrities, so I could relate to the feelings of the seminaries.